Pakistan in better frame of mind; Wasim, Aamir puts onus on bowling

ISLAMABAD: Former superstar, Wasim Akram, has says that Pakistan would psychologically in a better frame of Mind in the all-important World Twenty20 match against India. Another former skipper Aamir Sohail, in his comments, put the onus of Pakistan’s chances in the clash at Eden Gardens, Kolkota, on their bowlers.

“Pakistan are going to the game after a convincing win in their opening match. So psychologically they will have an edge over Indians,” he said. “India suffered defeat in their first match to New Zealand. And the way they lost would put extra pressure on them,” Wasim said.

Predicting a good contest between the two batting lineups,  the former cricket great said that Kolkata’s wicket would continue supporting batsmen. He also asked Pakistan team to adopt an attacking strategy against Indians.

“If Pakistan manage to get dismissals, a couple of wickets in the power play session, they will be in a position to push India to the back foot,” he remarked. Former Test Captain Aamir Sohail felt the bowlers would have to work  hard in the high-profile World Twenty20 encounter.

Talking to APP, Aamir said it is will be a test for the bowlers against India. “If India wins the toss and bats first then our bowlers would have to take early wickets in order to restrict the Indian batsmen to a cheap total,” he said.

“But if our batsmen are put to test first then they will have to take the responsibility and show some real performance like they did in the match against Bangladesh,” he said. In case India prepares a flat pitch then Pakistan will have an edge over the arch-rivals. “But if they prepare a turning pitch then India will have an upper hand,” he said.

Aamir said Pakistan must forget their previous victory over Bangladesh and should go in the match against India with the same hunger to win. “My best wishes are with the Pakistan team,” he said. APP